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I am a web programmer by day (PHP) and work on sermons and teaching material in the evenings.

I attended Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, for a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity. I am an associate pastor at a small church in Iowa. While in seminary, my emphasis was on Old Testament studies, but Dr. Wave Nunnally introduced me to the rabbinics. Those have become a special interest as well.

I also enjoy apologetics and was a very active member of the apologetics.org forum before it went defunct.


Apr
17
comment Does Paul of Tarsus quote Talmud?
However, if you mean the broader rabbinic tradition instead of strictly the Talmuds, that is another thing. It would be possible to compare Paul's writings to the traditions preserved in the Midrash and Talmud and see if he quotes, references, or teaches in the same vein.
Apr
16
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
15
comment Is the “White Stone” of Revelation the “Urantia Book”?
"A prince is not an archangel. A prince is the son of the king, and a member of the Royal Family." That's using a modern meaning for an ancient word. The Hebrew sar means leader and is used for various nobles and priests.
Apr
15
answered What were the historical reasons why the Book of Enoch was excluded from most Christian canons?
Apr
10
revised When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
Removed Text-crit tag as this question does not discuss variatiant readings.
Apr
9
comment Why do the Jews in John 8:33 say that they have never been enslaved?
Good question. The time in Egypt as well.
Apr
9
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@davidbrainerd, that is a good question, but I think it would be better as a separate question since this one already has so many replies on it.
Apr
8
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
3
comment How does a Bible translator know if it is a poem?
Dr. Fee and I are from the same Christian tradition (Assemblies of God). I doubt he is an exclusive psalmodist. BTW, thank you for using that term. I was aware of the concept but had never heard that term before.
Apr
2
comment What calendar used in first century Judea by author of gospel of John?
There were also multiple calendars in use in Jerusalem at the time. The mainstream Jews used the lunisolar calendar, but the Essenes had their own calendar (they claimed their calendar was the proper one). The two calendars are similar but vary by bits, especially regarding holidays. The Passovers, for example, would be close together on the calendars but rarely on the same day.
Mar
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
29
answered Did Satan father Cain?
Mar
28
comment Who is “that (the) Prophet” in John 1:21? Is “that Prophet” Muhammad, as Islam teaches?
@user1361315 That's where textual criticism comes in. By examining the differences we can determine the likely original. Even Ehrman admits this (when he forgets he's trying to sell books about how we can't trust the NT). But enough about probability. Do you have any evidence that these verses have been altered regarding readings of the prophet and brethren? Specifically readings that would allow more than non-Israelites to be considered brethren? You've set yourself up quite a challenge.
Mar
28
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
And yet the women are still there in all the Gospels. If all the tampering is going on that you claim (adding men) why leave the women at all, unless it is true that the women got there first.
Mar
28
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
@user1361315, the question is not do you see a difference (or even Islam), but did the early church? That would be a hard case to make credibly.
Mar
27
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
@user1361315, Mark 16:6 does indeed speak of the resurrection. "But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been raised! He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him." [Emphasis added.] Whether Mark goes on to record post-resurrection appearances is another question.
Mar
26
comment What did priests do before the age of thirty?
Might be interesting to note that the age limit changes in the Hebrew Bible. Numbers 8:24–26 puts the lower bound at 25 and King David further reduced it in 1 Chronicles 23:27.
Mar
26
revised How do you reconcile I Tim 2 saying that a woman is not to teach a man and the account of Priscilla and Aquila teaching Apollos who was a man?
just a little clarification
Mar
25
revised What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
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